In current day 2019, this story seems more relevant than ever before. The German artist Case Maclaim with his keen eye for observation brought a modern day interpretation to life for the the 2019, SWK festival in Mannheim, Germany. It wasn’t just the technical modernization using materials such as Montana BLACK, Montana GOLD and acrylic paint, it was also the integration of the contemporary visual symbol of a rat in the form of the smart phone. Or is the smart phone really a dark version of the magic pipe?
“The Pied Piper” – A modern interpretation
Again leading the children away from their parents and society, Case cleverly depicts legs and feet in amongst zombie like children, all unknowingly following their leader watching his screen as he takes a selfie or communicates to a “follower”, somewhere out there in cyberspace. The image is as beautiful as it is haunting. Luring the viewer in a quiet moment to raise their eyes from their own screens, to enjoy and consider the mural. Take a look for yourself here.
Photography by © Alexander Krziwanie | MontanaCans
CASE Maclaim Mural for Stadt.Wand.Kunst in Mannheim